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DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Ratings Analysis (1/29/19)

Did Becky Lynch lead the way again, or did Daniel Bryan take over?



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A look at the YouTube performance for the January 29th edition of WWE Smackdown!

As we all know, social media and other outlets have become a huge means of drawing in interaction and viewers for WWE. Most people will point to television ratings like they did during the Monday Night Wars in the late 1990’s, however that can be skewed with so many various means of watching today that do not include cable television.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s Smackdown YouTube Report, compiled approximately 48 hours after Smackdown went off the air:

  • Daniel Bryan introduces new Championship – 1.01 Million views
  • R-Truth vs. Shinsuke Nakamura – 975k views
  • Triple H announced WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match – 934k views
  • R-Truth vs. Rusev – 834k views
  • Charlotte Flair attacks Becky Lynch’s injured knee – 785k views
  • Mandy Rose explains her motivation – 450k views
  • The Miz shares emotional moment with Daddy Miz – 354k views
  • Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson confront Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura – 334k views
  • Tag Team Elimination Match – 304k views
  • Andrade & Zelina Vega execute attack on Rey Mysterio – 283k views
  • Becky Lynch refuses medical attention – 218k views

Ratings Analysis

Fans are supremely invested in The New Daniel Bryan, as the unveiling of his new championship was the only video to top 1 million views for Smackdown this week. Daniel Bryan also came in at #3 with 975k views for the announcement of his Elimination Chamber Match. A year ago we didn’t think he’d be wrestling, now he’s the top star on Smackdown!

Talk about a big winner though, it’s R-Truth. His two quick victories over Shinsuke Nakamura and Rusev came in second and fourth, respectively. They also combined for over 1.8 million views on YouTube! It’s a testament to his natural likeability, and his dedication to his craft at 47 years young. R-Truth gets it, and people get him.

The Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair saga came in a surprising fifth this week, proving the value of Ronda Rousey on Raw. It’s still over 300k views above #6 (focused on Mandy Rose—why isn’t this #1???), and solidifies the Top 5.

Facts and Figures

  • Big Winner – Daniel Bryan 1.935 Million views between two videos)
  • Only 1 video at or over 1 million views
  • Total views – 6.5 million
  • The top video represented 16% of the total views
  • The 18 videos associated with Smackdown averaged 590k views
  • There was 792k view difference between #1 and #11
  • The top 3 videos accounted for 45% of the total views

The most underrated video of the week actually came in at #2! How is that underrated? Because it should have been #1, that’s how!

What did the YouTube results for this Smackdown tell you?

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!


NXT Minus 6: Moving Forward

What does the next era of NXT hold?



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It’s WWE NXT: We’re moving on. We’re not bitter. We’re happy with what we have.

6. The WWE reeeeeally loves to screw with us. They spend weeks dumping on NXT then kick off a show with a 4.7 star banger?!?!?! Buddy Murphy is a big league striker. He packs a punch far above his weight class. Meanwhile, Velveteen Dream steals another victory. I like where they’re going with him. Shades of the Ultimate Opportunist. Living on the Edge of a Dream?

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5. “Charlie Brown finally kicked the football.” Oh Mauro, sometimes you are just too good.

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4. Dominik Dijakovic is in desperate need of a save. I have no idea what that promo was. Ancient Wicca prayer? Medieval magnet poetry? He is world class in ring and absolutely floundering on the mic. He’s so bad, it would be an upgrade if Io Shirai was his manager.

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3. Speaking of promos, Johnny Champion adds another layer to his story. Johnny Smartass absolutely crushed Adam Cole on the mic. I know they said 2-out-of-3 would be definitive, but if we get Johnny Gargano-Adam Cole part 2 in HIAC or falls count anywhere, I’d find it in my heart to forgive them.

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2. Shayna Baszler watches Dark Side of the Ring. She thinks it’s a comedy. She is PURE EVIL. She is as pure of a heel as there is. She is the anti-Ricky Steamboat.

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1. I’m trying to overlook how poorly WWE handled Kairi Sane’s last NXT match. Instead, I am focusing on how much it adds to the inevitable Baszler-Io Shirai matchup. Shirai has improved in ring every time out, but she’s still anime nicey nice. It will be exciting to see her turn up the emotion and intensity and really look to hurt Baszler as payback for her best friend. This one could steal the show at the next Takeover.

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That’s right…I said it.        

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Mcleod: Will We Ever Get The Lee vs. Dijakovic Rematch?

Will we ever see the anticipated rematch?



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Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic tore the house down in their first WWE NXT encounter, and Scott Mcleod is eagerly awaiting the rematch–just like the rest of us!

Cast your minds back several weeks when we saw a short but physically impressive match between Keith Lee & Dominik Dijakovic. We saw Lee get monkey flipped only to land on his feet and Dijakovic hit a corkscrew plancha to the outside. The match unfortunately ended in a double count out but we were lead to believe this wasn’t over as they continue to brawl while refs try to pull them apart.

They were scheduled to face off on the episode where the 5 way to face Gargano took place and that was the focus of that episode. A week or so later Lee said they would settle their differences in two weeks time.Two weeks should have this week but Lee was nowhere to be seen. Dijakovic came out and beat an enhancement in record time before declaring his intentions to challenge for the North American Championship. Judging from this week it looks like they’re feud is done which is just a shame.

They teased us with what could be with that match several weeks ago. Two guys who have the size but can pull out incredible displays of athleticism. Put that on a takeover give them around 10 minutes between two title matches and they would tear the house down. It would be a shame to not see this match at least one more time in NXT. If a few weeks ago didn’t convince you then check out their match from the PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2017 which was rated 5 stars.

It would be something different to everything else on the card. If Dijakovic is set to challenge Velveteen Dream can we not not add Lee and make it a triple threat. Think of how good Dijakovic vs Lee was and add the Dream. Don’t tell me you don’t want to see that on a Takeover. They could have a good build as well. You have the charisma of Lee & Dream along with the intensity of Dijakovic. I need to see that now.

Let us know what you think on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!
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